Vodafone Deutschland and ARTE have settled their legal dispute about carriage fees on the German cable network and agreed on a long-term partnership.
The channels of German public radio broadcaster Deutschlandradio will return to the former cable network of Unitymedia in early 2020.
Vodafone can breathe a sigh of relief: The EU Commission’s concerns about the takeover of large parts of Liberty Global’s cable business in Europe are apparently smaller than expected.
German cable operator Unitymedia will perform several changes to its TV and radio line-up including a controversial move on January 22, 2019.
German cable operator Unitymedia aims to provide over 1.3 million households with its DOCSIS 3.1-based 1Gbps high-speed internet access by the end of 2018, CEO Winni Rapp told Broadband TV News.
German cable operator Unitymedia and public broadcaster ZDF have settled their long-standing legal battle over the payment of carriage fees for the cable distribution of ZDF’s channels and have agreed on a long-term carriage deal.
German cable operator association FRK wants to achieve that small and medium-sized cable operators receive carriage fees from public broadcasters ARD and ZDF just like the two largest players Vodafone and Unitymedia.
German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are paying Vodafone €100 million in carriage fees as part of the recently reached settlement regarding a new contract for the cable distribution of their channels, ending a long-standing legal dispute.
The recent settlement of the long-standing carriage fee dispute with public broadcaster ARD pours €31.2 million into the pockets of German cable operator Unitymedia.
ARD and the two major cable operators Vodafone Deutschland (formerly Kabel Deutschland) and Unitymedia have settled their dispute over carriage fees for the cable distribution of the public broadcaster’s channels. ZDF reached an agreement with Vodafone, but not with Unitymedia.